Toothache

Are you suffering from toothache? Then we always advise you to make an appointment for treatment at our practice. Toothache always has a underlying cause and it’s important to have a dentist treat whatever is causing the pain. Are you currently suffering from toothache? Then make an appointment by filling out the appointment form on the website.

On this page you can find more information about toothache. You can use the information below to determine that what you are hurting from is in fact toothache.

What is toothache?

Are you experiencing toothache? Then you will feel a sudden, throbbing pain in your mouth which can be so painful that even sleeping can prove difficult. The pain will also get increasingly worse the longer it goes, making it impossible to ignore the pain.

The difference in toothache is often determined by the type of pain. For instance, the pain can start all of a sudden and be very severe but a toothache can also start slow and gradually increase. Regardless of the type of pain you are experiencing it is important to have it looked at by your dentist as toothache is a sign from your body saying something is not well with your teeth. Our advice is to not ignore this sign but to instead call your dentist.

What defines toothache?

Are you still unsure whether or not you are suffering from toothache? Then have a look at the list of signs below.

  • Your teeth are sensitive, especially whilst drinking or eating hot or cold products;
  • A stinging pain while chewing;
  • Swollen cheeks;
  • Swollen gums;
  • An abscess in the neck, often just below your jawline;
  • A root infection, causing a throbbing pain in your tooth or molar which is near constant;

Are you experiencing one or more of the signs mentioned here? Then contact us and make an appointment to have your toothache examined by a dentist.

The causes of toothache

There are many known causes for toothache, such as sinusitis. It can however also be caused by the growth of wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth growing askew, an ear infection, an infection in the molar or neuralgia (nerve pain) in the molar.

The dentist will determine what is causing the toothache. Consequently he or she will treat the problem in accordance to the problem and relieve you of your toothache.

The treatment of molar- or toothache

What type of treatment you will have to undergo is determined by the cause of your pain. As mentioned before, the dentist will first have to determine the cause of the pain before it can be properly treated. This is often done by taking an x-ray of your teeth. Based on these results, the dentist will determine the appropriate means of treatment to relieve you of your toothache. This means that toothache treatment differs per person.

The following paragraphs will describe several causes of toothache.

Toothache due to gingivitis

Are you experiencing toothache because of gingivitis? Then the dentist will remove the dental plaque and tartar. In case the dental plaque and/or tartar is far below the gums, gingival flap surgery is carried out. During this procedure the dentist will cut open the gums so the dental plaque and/or tartar can be removed.

Toothache due to a root canal infection

If you have a root canal infection, the dentist will opt for a root canal treatment (Endodontic treatment) to relieve the pain in your teeth. During this treatment the dentist will remove the nerve which is causing the discomfort. This treatment will only be carried out if there are no other options.

Toothache due to a cavity

Cavities can also lead to toothache. If this is the case then the dentist will fill the cavity. In case it is too late, then the tooth might have to be extracted. The old tooth will then be replaced with a crown or with an implant (an artificial tooth).

Wisdom teeth causing toothache

Are you having toothache because of your wisdom teeth coming in or growing askew (crooked)? Then the dentist will opt for an extraction. It might be necessary for you to go to an oral surgeon in case the dentist is unable to extract the wisdom teeth.

Relieving the pain: 3 tips

By following the following three tips, you can relieve the pain you are having:

  • Take a painkiller such as a acetaminophen or ibuprofen to deal with the pain;
  • Rinse your mouth with herbal tea or with warm, slightly salted, water;
  • Chew on clove. This herb will temporarily numb the nerve;

Be aware: these tips will only aid you on the short term. In case you are experiencing toothache we strongly advise you to visit a dentist as only he or she can permanently relieve you of your pain by carrying out one of the aforementioned procedures.

Frequently asked questions

At our practice we often receive questions about toothache. Below you will find the three most common questions and their respective answers.

How long will I have toothache after having a cavity filled?

After having a cavity filled, the tooth or molar will be sensitive to pain for a few more days. The duration of the pain is dependent on the size of the cavity you had filled and on the material the dentist used to fill the cavity. Normally the pain will go away after two or three days.

Does the pain last longer than two or three days? Then this could be a sign that the nerve is irritated. If this is the case we recommend that you contact us for further examination.

How many painkillers may I use when experiencing toothache?

Every type of painkiller has its own maximum dosage. In order to find out the maximum dosage of the painkiller you are using we recommend you read the package leaflet which came with the painkillers.

Why do I experience more toothache in the evening?

When you lie down, you put more pressure on your teeth. This pressure can worsen your toothache during the evening and night. You can prevent this by resting your head on a pillow with better padding so that your head (and your teeth) are higher up.

Make an appointment

Would you like more information or to make an appointment? Then feel free to contact us.

Outside of opening hours you can contact the emergency service in case of acute emergencies. Such as, but not limited to:

  • (subsequent) Bleeding after having a tooth or molar extracted;
  • Chipped or broken teeth;
  • Fallen out teeth;
  • Swollen cheeks due to an infection (abscess);
  • Loose teeth;
  • Severe toothache;

The emergency service can be reached by phone on +31 70 3110305. Keep in mind that you have to pay for the treatment right after. The invoice can be submitted to your insurance company, assuming you have additional dental cover, for the appropriate compensation.